Mystery & Masquerade: Novel Wine Tasting w/Wine Mystery Author Ellen Crosby

October 26, 2013 (Sat) from 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM

Gum Spring Library
24600 Millstream Drive
Stone Ridge, Virginia 20105

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Cost: $40 each before Oct. 1; $55 after October 1

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Ellen Crosby, the popular author of a series of six mystery novels set in the Virginia Wine Country, will be the featured guest at “Mystery & Masquerade: A Novel Wine Tasting,” an elegant evening fundraiser on October 26, hosted by the Friends of the Gum Spring Library (“FROGS”) to benefit the educational initiatives of the library.  Ms. Crosby will autograph copies of her book and discuss her work including her latest novel “MULTIPLE EXPOSURE:  A Sophie Medina Mystery,” which was released in August.

The fundraiser will be held from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  In addition to the presentation and book signing by Ms. Crosby, the event will include tastings from Loudoun County wineries Willowcroft and Cana, heavy hors d’oeuvres, live music and a fashion show of upcoming holiday styles by national retailer Stein Mart. The FROGS are still welcoming additional sponsors and wineries for the event. Contact Deborah Deal-Blackwell at

The Gum Spring Library, which is also the site of the event, is located at 24600 Millstream Drive, Stone Ridge, VA 20105 at the main entrance to the Stone Ridge community off Highway 50.  A beautiful new facility that opened in February, the library is outfitted with state-of-the-art services and exceptional study, meeting and event space.

A limited number of $40 per person early-bird priced reservations for the event are available before October 1.  Beginning October 1, or when all early-bird reservations have been sold, the price for reservations will rise to $55 per person.  Cocktail attire is preferred and attendees must be 21 years of age or older.  To make reservations, visit:

Ellen Crosby is the author of six books in the Virginia wine country mystery series: The Sauvignon Secret, The Viognier Vendetta, The Riesling Retribution, The Bordeaux Betrayal, The Chardonnay Charade, and The Merlot Murders. She also wrote Moscow Nights, a stand-alone novel published in London. A former freelance reporter for The Washington Post and the Moscow correspondent for ABC Radio News, Crosby lives in Virginia with her family. Learn more about her at

The Friends of the Gum Spring Library is a volunteer 501 (c) 3 nonprofit corporation that advocates for, and provides funding support for the community programs of the Gum Spring Public Library. Some of these programs include 123 Math & Science, Social Studies & Me, Children’s Storytime, the Summer Reading Program, and Book Clubs for children, youth, and adults. The Friends also provides several monetary awards to local high school seniors to help them with college expenses. In addition to the Novel Wine Tasting, which the Friends hopes to make an annual event, the group conducts various other fundraising events including an annual Family Fun Walk in the spring, and Used Book Sales scheduled at various times throughout the year.  Learn more about the Friends of the Gum Spring Library at or visit their FACEBOOK page.

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